Mel Schwartz, LCSW

#035: Men Who Cry at Movies

In this episode of the Possibility Podcast, Mel Schwartz shares an insight that has occurred to him over his more than 25 years as a therapist.

Men who have shared that they cry at movies or reading greeting cards rarely cry in real time over personal matters.

He investigates how the standard of what it means to be masculine still imprisons many men, and how we can shift that paradigm. Mel describes the advantages of a deeper and more profound relationship with one’s self, which would welcome vulnerability as men — and women, too — move more deeply into what lies buried within them. He claims that tears are an often repressed expression of our inner being.

It seems Mel isn’t the only one thinking about this! Both the New York Times and the BBC recently profiled  Hidefumi Yoshida, the self-proclaimed “tear teacher.”

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